5/04/21 Woodward Ok to Greensburg KS 57 miles

Only 57 miles. Right.

Last night I tried to get to sleep early but who was kidding whom?  The wind was blowing so hard it drowned out everything else including the train from last night that sounded like it was coming right into our tent.

The weather station told me the wind was blowing at 24 MPH but it sounded like a jet was flying over.   The strange part was we were camped in a valley and our tent walls were barely moving.  We survived the night.

Here is Kye breaking camp.

Even though today was only 57 miles there was still the wind to contend with.

Once we made it Greensburg KS we had to go exploring.  This town was completely wiped out back in 2007 by a Tornado.  Just about the only thing that survived was the 109 foot deep hand dug water well for the 1800s.  The building over the well was gone but the town has rebuilt without carbon emissions.

Great success story.

5/03/21 Woodward OK Rest Day. Kind of.

I started getting a little concerned about tomorrow’s 87 mile.  Yesterday I thought I might need to break that ride up and when we got up this morning after a wet rainy night and a strong wind out of the north my worst fears were confirmed.

I decided the first leg of the 87 which continued on highway 34 for 30 miles would be a good distance for today’s run.  So off we went straight into a 20 mph head wind.  Of course Kye was on her regular schedule of 10 mile stops.  Once I made the first 10 miles I was hurting.  Not only was the wind hard there were some hills to handle also.

One nice thing about having your own personal sage wagon is you don’t have to keep riding into the wind, you can just load up and go to the end of your 30 miles and ride with the wind.  Cheating?  Go tell someone else.

Along the 20 mile ride with the wind I came upon a picture opportunity which shows that past as well present advancements.

We made it back to camp in time to still get in a nice afternoon nap. So we’ll be ready for the other 57 miles tomorrow.

5/02/21 Elk City to Woodward OK 77 miles

Got a good start out of Elk City on highway 34 but I need to add to our story of Elk City after I wrote last night’s post.

First Old Historic Highway 66 and Elk City has a very large museum pertaining to Highway 66.  We didn’t get to go through any of them but we did get to walk around the area.  You can’t miss that the museum is there because of the big Route US 66 sign.

We always like to eat at local family owned restaurants which we did in Elk City.  It was DD’s Mediterranean restaurant that had only been open for a couple of weeks.  The maître d asked us questions about our bike ride since I had on my Bike the US for MS shirt.  It turned out she had two close friends that have MS and she wouldn’t let us pay for our dinner.  I will be making another donation to MS in the name of the restaurant

Now on to Woodward OK.  This was a straight shot on Highway 34.  Nothing magical as far as the road goes.  No way to get lost since it was just one highway.  I didn’t even find anything I found worth stopping to take a picture.  It did seem like this rode was designed by a bike rider since the towns were spaced out well for rest stops.

The magic of the day happened in camp.  We are staying in Boiling Springs State Park just outside of Woodward.  Here we met some of the nicest people.  They asked about the bike ride and even invited us to dinner.  They had a nice RV so we couldn’t refuse.

They asked a lot of questions about this ride and some of my previous rides.  They were a true blessing and the food was great also.

They were a nice couple from Sapulpa OK by the name of Mike and Lorrie David.  Mike’s parents were also camping with them.  The Lord blesses us in many ways.